With a tumultuous off-season, many teams hinge their playoff hopes on their quarterback. With 32 starting quarterbacks, it is only natural to make a quarterback power rankings to track players throughout the season. Some will rise. Some will fall.
Here is the seventh edition of the quarterback power rankings.
No. 32: Kyle Allen, Washington Football Team (+0)
Allen and the Football Team were one play away from knocking off the Giants, but they failed on a two-point conversion.
No. 31: Joe Flacco, New York Jets (+0)
Flacco and the Jets nearly went the whole game without converting on a third down. Ouch.
No. 30: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (-1)
Mayfield was nursing a rib injury, but he was overmatched. His offensive line gave him no favors, but even perfect protection would not have helped Mayfield.
No. 29: Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (-11)
Cousins saved his stat line with three late touchdowns, but he had one of the worst starts that any quarterback has had all season.
No. 28: Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (-6)
Minshew has been unable to defeat man coverage, and teams such as Miami and Detroit run as much man coverage as any NFL team.
No. 27: Daniel Jones, New York Giants (+3)
If Jones could play Washington every week, he could be the best quarterback in the NFL.
No. 26: Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (+0)
Tagovailoa will make his first NFL start during Week 8 after Miami’s bye week.
No. 25: Drew Lock, Denver Broncos (-1)
Lock was solid against the Patriots, but he unraveled late with two interceptions.
No. 24: Nick Foles, Chicago Bears (+3)
Foles makes some great throws, but he waters them down with egregious throws. He is a flip of a coin on each throw.
No. 23: Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys (+0)
No. 22: Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts (+3)
After falling down 21-0 to the Bengals, Rivers and the Colts played much better.
No. 21: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (-2)
Wentz nearly led a legendary comeback against the Ravens, and he is much better than he had been early in the season.
No. 20: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (+1)
Ryan and Julio Jones shredded an underwhelming Minnesota secondary.
No. 19: Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (+9)
Kyle Shanahan coddled Garoppolo against the Rams, but Garoppolo is likely better than the quarterbacks below him in the quarterback power rankings.
Having George Kittle helps.
No. 18: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (-1)
Christian Kirk bailed Murray out on an 80-yard touchdown. Murray only completed eight of his other 23 passes.
No. 17: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (+3)
Stafford had one of his better games of the season, but Jacksonville is far from a stiff opponent.
No. 16: Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (-10)
In fairness to Goff, the entire team struggled against the 49ers.
No. 15: Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina Panthers (-7)
Bridgewater showed some of his limitations against the Bears. He was not bad, but he could have been better.
No. 14: Cam Newton, New England Patriots (-10)
Newton lacks weapons, but he needs to be a little bit more polished. He should bounce back next week with the Patriots finally removed from their COVID scare for the first time in weeks.
No. 13: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (+3)
Brees and the Saints were on their bye week.
No. 12: Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (+3)
Herbert and the Chargers were on their bye week.
No. 11: Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals: (+3)
He threw a game-ending interception, but Burrow showed more promise than bad.
No. 10: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (+3)
The passing is still inconsistent, but Jackson had several dynamic runs to power the Ravens to their fifth victory.
No. 9: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (+3)
Roethlisberger has strung together five solid performances.
No. 8: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (+1)
Allen did throw a late interception that sacrificed his passer rating, but it was a necessary evil.
No. 7: Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (+0)
Carr and the Raiders were on their bye week.
No. 6: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+5)
The Brady to Rob Gronkowski connection was buzzing, and Brady had a strong game against a sturdy Green Bay secondary.
No. 5: Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (+5)
Watson was magical, and, unfortunately, he did not have a chance to defeat the Titans in overtime.
No. 4: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (-3)
Rodgers had one of his worst games as a professional. He would have had a better passer rating if he had spiked every snap.
No. 3: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (+2)
In the rain in Buffalo, Mahomes played a clean game, hitting Travis Kelce for a couple of touchdowns.
No. 2: Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (+1)
It is time to acknowledge Tannehill as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He is in the heart of the MVP race, and he is deserving of being ranked second in the quarterback power rankings.
No. 1: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (+1)
Wilson regains his top spot after Rodgers’s implosion.
Stay tuned for next week’s edition of the quarterback power rankings.
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